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    I've got two Fs, one with a F prism and one with an F2 prism. Love 'em both, even the ritual of taking that back off to change film (just as I like the ritual of cleaning my records and stylus before spinning a disc). I would urge consideration of an F or F2 with Sportsfinder - big image, easy to focus, fabulous eye relief (great for we who wear glasses). OK, the camera doesn't look quite as sleek, but...

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    I've had 5 FTNs(most of them new, 2 F2s, and a F3. My F3 meter works, the F ( w/standard prism) is as classically beautiful as a Greek temple. I didn't like the feel of the back hinge on the right side of the F2.
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    The eyehooks on the side of the F always means it always flips over frontwards while hanging around your neck. Like a ball and chain. Pops you right in the gut.

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    I will use any Nikon F, F2, F3, etc. they're all flippin' great cameras. As far as most "refined" I'd go with the F3, but my current "day to day" rig is a 51 year old Nikon F + 35/1.4-N:



    I have 3 Fs, 4 F2s, and 3 F3s. They're all incredibly reliable and well made cameras. F2 has the best advance, F3 has Av, F is the most no-nonsense and pure. You seriously cannot do wrong with any of these bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    The F definitely feels like it has gears operating the advance mechanism, whereas the F3 series has the ball bearings, like the EM, FG, and FG-20. Yep, same winding mechanism.
    I would suggest that an extensive overhaul is in order for your F3 if it's film advance has deteriorated to the level of those trio! The FG is as sophisticated as any camera of that time but nobody is mistaking it's cheap feel with any of the manual F's.

    The F3's film advance is smooth but if buttery smooth film advance across the whole range is the criteria, then my vote goes to the Minolta XE-7. Try it at your own risk as it may leave you wondering if there is something wrong with your other camera's film advance . . .

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    The later Nikons may be more refined, but the original F had many intriguing options that were later eliminated, such as a Polaroid back and 250 exposure back. The monstrous Photomic finder did improve my exposure accuracy over a long trusted Weston meter. An F with a late plain prism is still a neat camera.

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    I might be mistaken, but Polaroid backs exist for other Nikon F, even the 4 and 5. 250 exp. back exists for the F4: it is the MB-24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo Miranda View Post
    I might be mistaken, but Polaroid backs exist for other Nikon F, even the 4 and 5. 250 exp. back exists for the F4: it is the MB-24.
    Sure they do, but really, how much are these features used these days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Sure they do, but really, how much are these features used these days?
    I'm sure that someone still uses them somewhere! And I was replying to this:
    The later Nikons may be more refined, but the original F had many intriguing options that were later eliminated, such as a Polaroid back and 250 exposure back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    ahhh IC...I think I will stick with the F/F2 for robustness and add a plain prism(I don't need a meter or auto-anything).

    Quick question: the plain prism and the screens between the two are interchangeable, right? I believe so but I wanted to make sure.
    The screens are compatible the metered prisms are not and the plain prisms is a maybe.
    On the F the name plate remains on the body when the prism is removed, on the F2 it's attached to the prism.
    If the name plate is removed from the F2 prism it will fit the F. I didn't think to remove the name from the F to try the F2 prism.
    I no longer have the cameras so can't check it.

    Advantage of the F2 is the swing open back and more comfortable(IMO) handling.
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